Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, vowed to remain in the race, refusing to concede to Brian Kemp, her Republican component, despite a large deficit in the vote count.
"Democracy only works when we work for it, when we fight for it, when we demand it, and apparently today when we stand in line for hours to meet it at the ballot box," Abrams said in remarks to supporters at nearly 2 a.m. Wednesday. "I am here today to tell you there are votes remaining to be counted. Voices are waiting to be heard."
As of early Wednesday, Kemp led Abrams by about 3.1 percentage points, a difference of about 115,000 votes out of a total 3.75 million votes counted. That lead had narrowed by 5:15 a.m. to about 1.9 points and 75,000 votes out of 3.87 million counted. CBS News was characterizing the race as leaning Republican.
Before Abrams addressed the crowd, campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remained to be tallied.
"We have three factors to be considered here: outstanding votes, absentee ballots to be counted, and provisional ballots," Groh-Wargo said. "Given those three issues, we believe this is likely heading to a runoff."